Behind the Broadcast Extra notebook
Some TV notes for you on this late Monday night/early Tuesday morning.
-- FOX Sports announced its college football announcing teams for this season. FOX Sports 1 will go head-to-head with ESPN's "College GameDay" with "FOX College Saturday." Erin Andrews will host the program that will air from 10 a.m. until noon and debut Aug. 31. Joining Andrews will be former college football players Eddie George, Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis, rules analyst Mike Pereira and FOXSports.com writer Clay Travis.
The announcing teams are listed below. They are listed in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter:
FOX Sports: Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Kristina Pink.
FOX Sports 1 Thursday night: Justin Kutcher/Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis/Kristina Pink.
FOX Sports 1: Craig Bolerjack/Joey Harrington/Ryan Nece; Justin Kutcher/James Bates/Brady Poppinga; Adam Alexander/Chris Simms.
-- ESPN's final-round coverage of Sunday's British Open earned a 3.1 overnight rating, according to Nielsen.
The telecast, which averaged 4,372,000 viewers, tied the ratings record set in last year's final round for the highest-rated cable telecast of the event and set a cable viewership record for the event, eclipsing last year's mark of 4,227,000.
-- ESPN announced the hiring of renowned statistician Nate Silver on Monday.
Silver authors the blog FiveThirtyEight.com, which had been hosted on the New York Times website. The blog will move to ESPN's website.
Silver's reach will also extend to television and other ESPN platforms, where he will contribute to a wide variety of programs. He will showcase his work regularly on ABC News outlets as well, and during election years and key political events, Silver will provide political insights and analysis to ABC News.